Is it easy to judge this film too quickly and early? Cynicism completely takes control of my brain when it starts to think about my childhood heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, being rebooted by Michael Bay.
The film, which attempts to not only breathe life back into the feature film franchise but also to re-imagine the Turtles’ origins, is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle: Los Angeles) and written by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty. The story veers off in a radical new direction early on, as Bay pointed out in a press release. The Turtles will spawn and mutate after an alien invasion of Earth.
The film stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo. Danny Woodburn is set to play Splinter, while Will Arnett plays Vernon Fenwick, camerman.
These images follow those of Megan Fox doing on-air aerobics that we posted a few days ago. Here, we see the Turtles (minus Raphael) in chains, being led along by the Foot Clan. Looks like the Turtles will be played by their corresponding actors in motion-cap suits, filmed on real sets. This practice was recently employed for the first time on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Are those machine guns in the hands of the Foot Clan? They’re called Ninja Turtles, guys. What the hell is the point in pitching them against an enemy with guns? Where’s the fun in that?